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Images from Spiritual Practice 2019

The spiritual care learning circle on Spiritual Practice is wrapping up today. For many of the students it was their second of two learning circles this fall. Over the course of a week students experienced various spiritual practices (prayer, moving meditation, silence, etc.) and explored the theology of spiritual practice in the Christian tradition, the …

Re-Imagining church

by Marcie Gibson As staff at CCS, I am often on the lookout for events, especially close to home, that offer deeper thought, new networking, and fresh content for our programming. Last Friday and Saturday, I attended the ReImagine Conference, in Hamilton, ON, organized by the Parish Collective, in partnership with the UCC EDGE network, among …

Images from Ministry as Storytelling 2019

The Ministry as Storytelling learning circle wraps up today. It has been an intensive week of of sharing biblical stories, personal stories, community stories, and reflecting on the power of story to make meaning, build bridges, and bring healing.

Bear Clan Patrol: community people working with community people

by Kimiko Karpoff It’s Friday evening. An eclectic group of people gathers at Silver Spire United Church. They are preparing to spend the next several hours together roaming the streets of St. Catharines. This is not a parade, not a street party. This is Bear Clan Patrol.  Karen Orlandi is both a minister with Silver …

Huldah, daughter of the desert

Women in the Hebrew Scriptures Along with the core program at CCS, students are required to take 8 external courses at an accredited theological school. These include courses in both Hebrew scriptures and Christian scriptures, theology, and Christian ethics, and Christian history. This past summer CCS diaconal students made up a majority of the class …

Of belonging and living on stolen land

By Kim McNaughton I attended the DOTAC (Diakonia of the Americas and Caribbean) 2019 Conference in Vancouver for the first two days out of six days.  Entering into my last year of the diaconal programme at CCS, I felt a need and a desire to be present, to see “how I fit,” to feel if …

Walking together – Integration Year 2019/2020

A peek at the 2019/2020 Integration Year circle, gathered in Winnipeg September 16 – 21. “In integration year, all the pieces are coming together in a supportive way that allows me to let go of the ideas and thoughts I used to cling to desperately and rest in an incredible lightness of being. ” ~Karen …

Cloud source

A reflection for CCS Sunday, November 3, 2019 When I imagine the Cloud of Witnesses, I often think of it in terms of those who went before me and are spiritually keeping watch on us now. This can be both comforting and disconcerting. It’s the disconcert that I feel more often, as if I’m being …

Farewell to Kimiko

We are sad to announce that our Communications Coordinator Kimiko Karpoff will be leaving her staff position at the Centre for Christian Studies this fall. Kimiko is a graduate of CCS, and while we are sorry to lose her as a colleague and staff member, she will continue to be a cherished part of our community. Kimiko has …

Catherine Gutjahr deep in discussion with classmates

Living in a spiral world

by Kimiko Karpoff Sometimes ministry takes us to places we don’t expect. Those places can be both literal in a geographic sense and to moments or situations that are unanticipated, even if not surprising. Against all evidence to the contrary, we often hold the notion that congregations are places set apart, little tastes of God’s …

Expanding diaconal sacramental theology

by Michelle Owens When I was at the DOTAC gathering in Vancouver this week (Diakonia of the Americas and Caribbean), we celebrated communion together. With one of the Deaconesses of the Wesleyan Methodist Order presiding, we celebrated with gluten free bread and grape juice – the familiar ritual intentionally opening space so that the divine …

Changes to sacrament licensing for UCCan diaconal ministers

by Debra Kigar As member (and later Chair) of the Permanent Committee – Ministry and Employment Policies and Services (PC-MEPS) for the past several years, I have been intimately involved in the work that lead to this policy change. It seems to me that it would be helpful for all diaconal ministers to understand how …

A response to the decision at General Synod on the Marriage Canon

Board of the Association of Anglican Deacons in Canada The ordinal states: “as deacons in the Church, you are to make Christ and his redemptive love known, by your word and example, to those among whom you live and work and worship. You are to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of …

“I am among you as one who serves.”: CCS Companion of the Centre

Nominations open! The Centre for Christian Studies “educates leaders for justice, compassion, and transformation.” Our core values include living a theology of justice; acting in faith, and living out of a spirit of abundance and gratitude. As a school we recognize that what we do here ultimately ripples out into communities, into the world. While …